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2018 NQLD World Social Work Day 20 March

Event Details
Date: 20 March 2018
Time: 8.00 am - 9.30 am (arrivals and registrations from 7.30am)
Venue: Townsville
State: North Queensland
CPD hrs: 1.5

Members $42.00 Incl GST

Non Members $46.00 Incl GST

Organiser: AASW NQLD
Further information
Nicola Towler
AASW NQld Branch Manager
Ph: 07 4420 3900
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You're invited to join the North Queensland social work community and inspirational guest speaker Dr Peter Jones, Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services (at JCU) - at our annual celebration of World Social Work Day.

Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability Greening Social Work: Heads in the sand or transformative opportunity?

Professional social work has traditionally advocated a ‘person-in-environment’ perspective, recognising the significance of context on human wellbeing. However, issues of the natural environment have often been excluded from this approach, with the profession usually adopting a narrow focus on ‘social’ context. As the negative impacts of climate change become more apparent—and the inequitable distribution of these impacts more obvious—the role of social work in responding to the environmental crisis is increasingly being questioned.

In this presentation, the emerging field of environmental social work will be introduced and a case made that issues such as climate change should be a central concern for the profession. Social workers are already becoming involved in dealing with the consequences of climate change and there are opportunities for the profession to take a less reactive role, becoming advocates for climate change mitigation and adaptation. This professional pathway may require a transformation of social work’s traditional concerns, including shifting towards a focus of eco-social justice which has implications of education, research and practice.

About the Presenter

Dr Peter Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University with over 25 years experience in social work education, research and practice. He is a multi-award winning educator and a Fellow of the Higher Education and Development Society of Australasia. Peter's research and practice interests include environmental social work, social work education, sustainable community development, international social work and international student exchange. He has published scholarly work in all these areas. Peter is particularly interested in the emerging area of environmental, or 'green' social work and the role that social workers can play in responding to the challenge of climate change.

Learning Objectives

Networking Opportunity and 1.5 CPD Hours


The Watermark Restaurant, 72-74 The Strand, North Ward, Townsville, QLD

Parking: On street parking at the venue


$42 (AASW Members)

$46 (Non Members)

A hot plated breakfast and platters of croissants and fruits, tea and coffee will be served. Please indicate any special dietary requirements when registering.

All members and non members are welcome. Members - please log on to the Website prior to registering to take advantage of the member rates.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers